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Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata scored twice to sink Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and help lift Chelsea above Liverpool into second spot in the Premier League table.

Andros Townsend's superb low finish had cancelled out a Chelsea lead given to them by Spanish forward Morata's clever shot-on-the-turn.

Palace's hopes of securing a crucial point vanished when they conceded two goals in five second-half minutes.

Substitute Eden Hazard marked his return from a back injury by delivering the free-kick for Morata to fire his second before Pedro put the game out of Palace's reach.

While unbeaten Chelsea stay two points behind leaders Manchester City, Palace remain three points above the relegation zone after a seventh defeat in 11 league games.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forFàbregasat 80'minutes
  • 8BarkleySubstituted forKovacicat 64'minutes
  • 11Pedro
  • 29Morata
  • 22WillianSubstituted forE Hazardat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fàbregas
  • 10E Hazard
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 24Cahill

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forSchluppat 80'minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 86mins
  • 7MeyerSubstituted forJ Ayewat 71'minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 9Sørloth
  • 14J Ayew
  • 15Schlupp
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
  • 44Riedewald
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 3, Crystal Palace 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Crystal Palace 1.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Pedro (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.